France: Bella Paola, Amante, Torbella Appear Superior to British Opponents in Oaks, Daily Racing Form, 1958-05-10


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France Bella Paolo Amante Torbella Appear Superior to British Opponents in Oaks By R D GRAINGER GRAINGEROur Our Paris Correspondent PARIS First two Newmarket results in the British fiveclassics series were in accordance with French ideas in general and our own in particular Since Longchamps finale last October we have rigidly adhered to our opinion that the top French fillies were several pounds superior to the exposed colts of last year as milers Proof of this was the total eclipse of Neptune n Bel Canto and Val dOisans in theTwo Thousand Guineas Their defeat came as no surprise But over the testing undulating Newmarket track unsuited to shortrunners F Du pres peerless filly Bel ¬ la Paola and the Aly Khans progressive Amante showed stamina allied to speed in the One Thousand when recording a sec ¬ ond faster time than Pall Mall a worthy victor of the colts classic classicAn An easy winner and runnerup Bella Paola and Amante ran true to French form They are to be bearers of the trir color plus Torbella in the Oaks All three have proved themselves so vastly superior to their British sisters this season and last that it is quite possible these smart challengers will lift all three Epsom purses Their compatriots did so in 1954 and 1956 A bold statement Yes but one fully justified on resultsA results A A A AWhat What about the colts Since the Prix Juigne was contested last month a new star has loomed on the horizon in Madame Leon Volterras Noelpr This averagesize bay colt was foaled when his sire Vatellor was 22 years At this age pedigree experts may believe this renowned stallion too old to produce his sixth classic winner from his alliance with dam Manoela many years his junior juniorHowever However there is no shadow of doubt that Noelor is the best French threeyear old colt at present judging by the style hi which he won the featured 20000 semi classic Prix Noailles over 11 furlongs at Longchamp last Sunday Previously un raced Noelor in the 10furlong Prix Juigne made all the pace to suggest that he is wellendowed with stamina and is a front runner In the Noailles Max Garcia rode him with supreme confidence when lying second four lengths behind the leading Bo carina for nine furlongs Hereabout Gar ¬ cia demanded acceleration Response was immediate and Noelor strode effortlessly away from the fastfinishing Malefaim to score impressively by two lengths a mar ¬ gin that does not truly indicate the win ¬ ners superiority superiorityNew New Major who was a halflength runnerup to Noelor in the Juigne three weeks before was now third of 12 beaten threeanda half lengths which give a slight indication of Noelors improvement in the interim The time 22030 was 149 better than last spring when Weeping Wil ¬ low triumphed under similar conditions in 22179 In our view the race was an excellent Derby trial and Noelor goes to the top of our shortlist irrespective of what happens in the longawaited Prix Hocquart tomorrow tomorrowA A A t tNoelors Noelors trainer Francois Mathet is in marvellous form For besides his classic success with Bella Paola he has won five consecutive features at Longchamp to date and just to gild the lily in the following event he saddled Madame Volterras bay threeyearold Tello to win the 10000 Prix 1Esperance over 15 furlongs furlongsThis This son of Mat de Cocagne out of Vatellora enhanced his claims for the Grand Prix June 29 by slamming a field of 12 others in devastating style from 300 yards out For over 13 furlongs Tello was trailing in last position until rounding the final fourthturn But when entering the homestretch Garcia brought Tello on the outside of the fading Demon du Midi and the leader Pepin le Bref to overhaul this likeable gray and win very convincingly by just under two lengths Sikh ran on well to qualify for third money a neck behind Pepin le Bref Paris fourth may have been nearer but for being impeded just as Deforge was making his move Paris must not be overlooked when making calculations for the Grand Prix PrixTello Tello appears to have unlimited stamina and unlike the other progeny of his sire has honest eyes He has only run twice and on each occasion did a Silky Sulli ¬ van A month ago at St Cloud Tello was 100 yards behind the leaders with 6 furlongs to go but won by five long lengths over 13 furlongs On this latest Longchamp Longchampdisplfjy displfjy the colt could emulate hisowncrs ws JV iW mor s ir MX urijvt Vattel who won the Esperance before taking the 1956 Grand Prix PrixMadame Madame Volterra won the Epsom Derby and Grand Prix in 1955 with Phil Drake and she now has bright prospects of again securing this lucrative but difficult double with Noelor and Tello This charming owner would make history by winning two British Derbys and three Grand Prix in four years yearsIn In two other Longchamp events the cam ¬ era aided the judge from giving what looked like two triple deadheats to tre ¬ mendously excited backers In the Prix Pavilion the picture showed Georges Wild ensteins threeyearold Preux Chevalier Prince Chevalier Future Princesse two noses in front of Wild Quest and Yorki The winner sandwiched between his two rivals for nearly a furlong would have been a desperately unlucky loser In our view he would have got the race on ob ¬ jection if necessary but his sporting owner never claims no mater what the breaks Preux Chevalier next runs in the French Guineas a week from Sunday SundayThe The Prix Roule Handicap 9l2 furlongs attracted 23 starters and if ever any horse deserved to score by sheer honest effort it was topweighted Brismaille under 130 pounds Some 50 yards out six rivals came at him all across the track A photo generale proved that Fils de Roi Nord licht Jplie Brune had his nose in front at the vital spot with outsider Tripolette a whisker away Honors go to Brise maille but not the prize

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